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An interesting view of my father's desire to keep himself from publicattention is shown by his correspondence with an English gentleman,Mr. Herbert C. Saunders. The connected interview states his opinionson several points which are valuable. The copy of these papers waskindly furnished me by Mr. John Lyle Campbell, the Proctor of Washingtonand Lee University:
"Washington and Lee University, Lexington, Virginia, January 19, 1900.
"Capt. Robert E. Lee, West Point, Virginia.
Dear Capt. Lee: I inclose the copy promised you of the papers foundin General Lee's desk. The paper seems to have had his carefulrevision, as there are a good many passages stricken out and a goodmany insertions in what seems to me undoubtedly to be his handwriting;and I was very much interested in the changes that he made, as theywere most characteristic of him--toning everything down, striking outadjectives, turning phrases from a personal to a general character,and always adding simplicity and force to the original. It seems tome most likely that he was a first disposed to allow the publication,but declined at last, on August 22d, the full limit of time indicatedin Mr. Saunders's letter. I am Yours truly,
"(Dict.) Jno. L. Campbell."